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God is God in All Things

October 3, 2010 Speaker: Reid S. Monaghan Series: Chasing the Wind - Ecclesiastes

Topic: Exposition Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1–3:15

Review

 

Every Time and Season

  1. God is God—Isaiah 46:9-11
  2. We are not in control of all things—Proverbs 16:9, Ephesians 1:11, 12
  3. Stuff happens

Responses and Truths

Responses

  1. We Deny God
  2. We Despair in Fear and Anxiety
  3. We Trust a Sovereign God

Truths

  1. The world IS broken
  2. We either face God or run from him.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-15

A Time for Everything (verses 1-8)

 

The God-Given Task (verses 9,10)

 

Everything Beautiful, God is God in All Things (verse 11)

True:

True:

BUT:

The Gift of God (verse 12, 13)

 

Fearing God (verses 14, 15)

 

Looking at the Heart

  • The Preacher wants it to be clear that God has set a time and season for everything that is under heaven.  Is this a hard truth for us to believe? Why? Why Not?
  • No matter what we believe about God, whether we doubt his existence or his sovereignty, the world remains broken and fallen. How could faith and knowing God transform our view of the good, bad and ugly of existence? Discuss.
  • The Scriptures clearly teach that God is in control of all things (Read Isaiah 46:9-11, Ephesians 1:11,12). Discuss the three responses to this teaching. 

1. Despair/Fear

2. Denial/Seeking Control

3. Devotion/Joy in God

  • Discuss how the appointed time of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection changes everything under the sun. In both belief and practice does your life reflect this good news?
  • The gospel transforms the here and now, but it also promises eternity in a kingdom where this world will be utterly changed. Why are both the “here and now” and “eternal life in the kingdom of heaven” crucially important to our faith in Jesus?

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